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Mind Elevation

2 Sept. 2002 | Format: MP3

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Format: Audio CD
Nightmares on Wax have always produced a sound that intrigues me. Whilst usually found in the dance section of music shops, I've found them in hip hop before(!) and I love the way the soul, jazz and dub shine through making NOW a truly unique listening experience.
Mind Elevation is a pleasing offering to follow on from their last album Car Boot Soul. Some of the tracks are spot on, and it's undoubtedly that NOW vibe, even though Mind Elevation is definitely different to, and a progression from, Car Boot Soul (unsurprisingly!)
As ever NOW can be listened to in so many environments - it's a great album to listen to on a personal stereo with enough going on to keep your interest, terrific played when you just wanna chill, and yet still great to do just as it's title suggests -elevate the mind and really lift the spirit!
I loved 'Thinking of Omara', '70s, 80's', 'Environment' and in a more mainstream sounding way, 'Know My Name'. The slight reservation I have on this album that has led to me rating 4 stars and not 5, is that when the music is on form it really is an experience, but there are a few tracks (Date with Destiny in particular) where I was left feeling it didn't quite live up to NOW. That's quite gutting when the potential is seriously there.
Having said that, it's one of the best albums I've purchased this year, and I'd recommend it to anyone. Nightmares on Wax have certainly still got my intrigue and interest for some time to come.
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By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Following the much-lauded down-tempo classics of 'Smokers Delight' (1995) and 'Carboot Soul' (1999), NoW return with a slightly more rounded sound and perhaps their most 'complete' record to date. Certainly, it all starts off promisingly, opener 'Mind Eye' as catchy and chilled a tune as you're likely to hear this year. Things proceed in a similar vein, but at times you can't help but feel that something's just holding them back - great ideas abound, yet somehow they don't always quite seem to come to fruition.
However, whilst this may mean that some tracks flounder a little as standard genre fair ('Thinking of Omara' might have been lifted off any Thievery Corporation release), NoW creative force George Evelyn has plenty of tricks up his sleeve to ensure that, though not always lifting the mind to new levels, things don't descend to chillout-by-numbers. Not least among these is the development of poppier sensibilities on tracks such as 'Date with Destiny' and single release 'Know my Name'. Sadly, whilst the latter is plenty pleasing, the former - a bubbly slice of Rae & Christian-esque hiphop - just doesn't sit quite right (an accusation that might also be labelled at the darker 'Environment'). Yet such mediocrities are forgiven as '70s 80s' unwinds as a simply sublime, gently shuffling piece of 20-something nostalgia ("Jim, could you fix it for me - remember that?").
This new direction dovetails pretty nicely with the more familiar horizintal sounds - 'BBH (Bongo-Brk-Haven)' stands out with the sort of supremely chilled beats Evelyn's renowned for, and helps ensure that - as things wind down deliciusly over the last few tracks - it all makes for a pretty tasty experience. 'Mind Elevation' might not make it to classic status, but neither should it do NoW's reputation any harm.
The bonus CD that comes with the limited edition isn't bad either...
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Format: Audio CD
So much pressure on the shoulders of one George Evelyn following the success his last outing in the ebullient "Car Boot Soul" has lead to many a review slating this album as average: That's only natural when one considers that it's almost impossible to make another album quite as definitive but this album is certainly worth it in the way that all truly great albums are due to the fact that only after one listens to it for the second or third time are you fully able to appreciate the subtle nuances and thus longevity is assured. A mild relaxing album filled with lyrics that are well worth sourcing. The introduction of lilting female vocals to an extent not previously available along with the Dub driven sections tinged with brass all over makes it essential for relaxing or socializing -> just watch all the smiles on your friends faces when it plays. Subconcious beauty. The limited edition mix on the otherhand manages to somehow seem staccatto and jumbled up never really getting into its rhythm but still a worthy addition. Heartily recommended, it will grace your CD player more often than you think.
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By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Following the much-lauded down-tempo classics of 'Smokers Delight' (1995) and 'Carboot Soul' (1999), NoW return with a slightly more rounded sound and perhaps their most 'complete' record to date. Certainly, it all starts off promisingly, opener 'Mind Eye' as catchy and chilled a tune as you're likely to hear this year. Things proceed in a similar vein, but at times you can't help but feel that something's just holding them back - great ideas abound, yet somehow they don't always quite seem to come to fruition.
However, whilst this may mean that some tracks flounder a little as standard genre fair ('Thinking of Omara' might have been lifted off any Thievery Corporation release), NoW creative force George Evelyn has plenty of tricks up his sleeve to ensure that, though not always lifting the mind to new levels, things don't descend to chillout-by-numbers. Not least among these is the development of poppier sensibilities on tracks such as 'Date with Destiny' and single release 'Know my Name'. Sadly, whilst the latter is plenty pleasing, the former - a bubbly slice of Rae & Christian-esque hiphop - just doesn't sit quite right (an accusation that might also be labelled at the darker 'Environment'). Yet such mediocrities are forgiven as '70s 80s' unwinds as a simply sublime, gently shuffling piece of 20-something nostalgia ("Jim, could you fix it for me - remember that?").
This new direction dovetails pretty nicely with the more familiar horizintal sounds - 'BBH (Bongo-Brk-Haven)' stands out with the sort of supremely chilled beats Evelyn's renowned for, and helps ensure that - as things wind down deliciusly over the last few tracks - it all makes for a pretty tasty experience. 'Mind Elevation' might not make it to classic status, but neither should it do NoW's reputation any harm.
The bonus CD that comes with the limited edition isn't bad either...
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